Surrounded by those who will forever be a part of Crete's story immortalised in the hundreds of white headstones and crosses, we fell silent, felt the chill as the sound of the bugle echoed out into the mountainside

Chaplain Denz Dempsey

More than 75 years later and Crete is a key NATO base in the eastern Mediterranean - perfect for the Portsmouth-based destroyer which is coming to the end of her stint in charge of the alliance's Med task force, Standing Naval Group 2.

Led by task force commander, Commodore James Morley, and Duncan's Commanding Officer Eleanor Stack, wreaths were laid on behalf of NATO, the destroyer and the RN Surface Fleet, the Fleet Air Arm, and the Royal Marine Commandos.

"Surrounded by those who will forever be a part of Crete's story immortalised in the hundreds of white headstones and crosses, we fell silent, felt the chill as the sound of the bugle echoed out into the mountainside," said Denz Dempsey, Duncan's chaplain, who led the remembrance service.

"These short but poignant services never fail to humble, inspire, and make us stand tall in our uniforms.

"We left our comrades in their peace, and returned to the ship reflective and refocused on the operational tasks set before us."

Duncan is due to hand over her task group duties in the next few days when the staff transfer to the destroyer's older sister HMS Diamond.